Wise words from achievers

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The concept of TEDx, an independently organised TED event, has been picking up in City colleges.

In keeping with this trend, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bangalore, hosted ‘TEDxSIBMBangalore’ for the third year in a row. Complementing the theme of ‘The Road Less Travelled’, the mission was to inspire minds and seek discussions. The speakers were drawn from varied fields and backgrounds to give the audience a 360-degree view on life.

The first speaker for the day was Soumik Sen, debutant director of the upcoming Gulaab Gang.

Soumik spoke about the need to get out of one’s comfort zone and search for happiness. “Start working towards your goal. Challenge every convention. Unshackle your minds and follow your heart,” he told the students.

Playback singer Mahalakshmi Iyer was next, and she told the audience to believe in themselves and keep practicing whatever they do as practice gives confidence to perform better. She also talked about the starting point of her career by singing a jingle in college. 

Danish Aslam, director of Break Ke Baad, told students to create their own path and be open to deviate from the norms.

“Don’t be afraid of the fact that you don’t know what you want to do in life,” he said. Popular singer Lucky Ali amazed the crowd with his performance. In his speech, he talked about his life journey, how he entered the music industry and his overall experiences.

Other speakers included Armstrong Pame or ‘Miracle Man’, the first IAS officer from the Zeme tribe of the state of Nagaland; social worker Pushpa Basnet, motivational speaker Akash Gautam and former Miss England Kate Hallam. Also present at the event were singer Alyssa Mendonsa, cartoonist Satish Acharya, Alicia D’Souza, founder of ‘Chumbak’, Lisa Sthalekar, the Indian born former Australian cricketer and Bollywood singer Nikhil D’Souza, who gave an acoustic performance.

Akshata Malhotra and Lekshmy R, final-year MBA students and the event organisers, said, “It was a great opportunity to be organising a TEDx event in the institute. Our seniors had set a high benchmark last year and it was a challenge to overcome it.

But with the help of the management and the volunteers, we did justice to the event. It was a great learning experience and the memories made by this event will be cherished for lifetime. We shall come back next year to this event as spectators and hope to see our juniors putting up an even more amazing show.”

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